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Master Of Disguise

Posted in Pro Stock with tags , , , , , , on November 12, 2010 by prostocknation

Continuing with yesterday’s post about companies repainting sticks to look like other models in their lineup, we wanted to show an example from a different manufacturer so we’re not just singling out Bauer.  Don’t get me wrong, I love both brands’ products but the average consumer should be well informed of what they’re buying when it comes to the secret world of pro stock and pro return sticks.

To the average person this may look like two Easton S19 sticks.  When you’re buying a pro stock that says “S19”, are you REALLY getting what you’re paying for?  Let’s take a closer look.

Easton doesn’t drop hints on the name plates like Bauer so we’ll have to look at the physical shape of the sticks.  The S19 is known for it’s elliptical taper towards the bottom portion of the stick.  Hmmm… one stick is oval-shaped and the other isn’t… what could they possibly be?

Let’s compare these two “S19” sticks to another high end offering from Easton.  The SE16 has no elliptical taper… neither does the “S19” in the middle.  If you look closely you can also see the small indentation where the blade meets the shaft during the manufacturing process.

Here’s a look at the tapers from another angle.

Now that you know what to look for, it’s easy to pick out which is the real S19 and which is a painted SE16.  The next time you’re shopping for a pro stock/return S19 make sure to check for the elliptical taper or else it could be a SE16 or something else in disguise!  Don’t rely on the graphics and labels alone!

Final comments: The SE16 is not a terrible stick by any means, we actually prefer it over the S19 but we don’t want anyone to be disappointed when they realize their stick isn’t what it claims to be.

– M